So is there a brain drain?

A colleague from another part of City University drew my attention to this piece from the Sunday Times last year.  While it makes some interesting points, I can’t help feeling that ‘brain drain’ is an emotive term that doesn’t apply here.  For a start, despite the talk of bursaries, any British student wishing to study at a top American university will find it an expensive business.  It isn’t a coincidence that most of the students mentioned in the article came from expensive independent schools.  But it’s also evidence of something rather different, that higher education, like many other sectors, operates in an increasingly global market.  British universities attract students from all over the world (including the USA) and it should be no surprise that the traffic in students goes both ways.

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